St. Louis Weekend Events: May 28-31

The St. Louis Weekend Events Guide for Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st, 2015.

Uncork For A Cause: Matt and Leslee Holliday are hosting this special event to benefit Siteman Cancer Center and to raise awareness about colon cancer prevention and to support cancer research at Siteman. The event will serve as the release party for Holliday Red Lager, a limited-edition beer brewed specially for Matt by the Schlafly team. All attendees will enjoy an enticing culinary menu prepared by Schlafly Executive Chef Andy White, a large selection of Schlafly’s award-winning beer including their beloved Pale Ale and Kolsch, wine and an auction packed with Cardinals gear, local and national sports items and wine lots from many of California’s elite producers. Tickets, are $75 for general admission and $225 for VIP.

Date: May 28
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Schlafly Tap Room – 2100 Locust St

TEDx St. Louis Women: The theme is Momentum. The result is a truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers, thinkers and makers, local problem-solvers and global leaders. Our event, TEDxStLouisWomen, will celebrate the meaningful impact women are making here in St. Louis and across the globe. There will be a dynamic speaker lineup of influential thought leaders from across the country in areas of business, art, technology and entrepreneurship, including: Evy Poumpouras-CFE Consultant and Former U.S. Secret Service, Jade Simmons-World-renowned Concert Pianist, Ginger Hardage-Senior V.P Culture & Communications for Southwest Airlines Co, and many more.

Date: May 28
Time: 12:30-5:30pm
Place: Union Station – 1820 Market St

Renaissance Faire: This long-standing event brings you the adventure, excitement, and spirit of the Renaissance! This weekend’s theme is Wine Chocolate & Romance. There will be Mass Vow Renewals, a Fudge Fling, Newlywed Game, Couple Balloon Toss, Longest Kiss Competition, costume Contest, Grape Stomp, and Woo Your Mate. It is also Deaf Awareness Weekend. Enjoy Free Wine Tastings in addition to the annual entertainment: armoured jousting, shop for unique crafts as our artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking. Delight in comedy, music, magic, and more on nine stages of non-stop entertainment! Feast on delicious food and drink from the far reaches of the globe, and interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters of ages past. Children will love the petting zoo, games, and daily free activities. Adults will enjoy beer, wine, and mead at our three thematic pubs! Additional daily packages include: pub crawl, happy hour, and romantic rendezvous.

Date: May 16 – June 14
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Rotary Park – 2577 West Meyer Rd

Shakespeare Festival: The annual festival is in full swing. A free, outdoor festival that has become a premier attraction for St. Louis. This year’s featured production is Antony & Cleopatra. The Green Show, starting at 6:30pm features musicians, jugglers, artisans and an intro to the show’s characters and plots. There will also be backstage tours, and family art activities. Festival admission is free, however reserved seating can be purchased. Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining, with a four-course menu by Bixby’s will be offered on select evenings.

Date: May 22 – June 14
Time: Nightly (except Tuesdays) at 8pm. Green Shows at 6:30pm
Place: Forest Park- Shakespeare Glen-Fine Arts Dr

John Mellencamp: Grammy-winning musician, John Mellencamp, has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs including: Jack & Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, ROCK in the USA. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture. Tickets start at $42.50. There is a Diamond VIP package, which includes: a top price reserved ticket in the First 10 Rows, a limited edition, silkscreened John Mellencamp Tour Poster, an exclusive John Mellencamp VIP Gift (Created Exclusively for VIP Package Purchasers), and Commemorative John Mellencamp VIP Tour Laminate.

Date: May 29
Time: 7:30pm
Place; Peabody Opera House – 1400 Market St

We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration: ALIVE Magazine is hosting the We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration Presented by Bud Select, in Downtown St. Louis at the Old Post Office Plaza. This annual awards presentation highlights everything we love about St. Louis in the categories of dining, night­life, shopping, culture and more. Dance to live music from The Free Years and DJ European Soccer, nosh on delicious tastes from Hiro Asian Kitchen, Clementine’s Ice Cream, Pi Pizzeria, and Three Sixty in the Bud Select Tasting Lounge, shop from 10 local vendors, enjoy our open bar featuring Cruzan Rum, smile for the photo booth, and look forward to an array of other surprises. Tickets are $15.

Date: May 29
Time: 7-11pm
Place: Old Post Office Plaza – 9th & Locust

Cardinals vs Dodgers: The Cards come home this weekend to play the LA Dodgers on home turf. With a great season so far, we are excited for another win. The Cardinals have been offering some great promotional item giveaways this year. This weekend marks the “Kick-Off To Summer” weekend. Fans can look forward to a Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome presented by Edward Jones for the first 25,000 fans age 16 and over on Friday night and an Ozzie Smith Bobblehead on Saturday. Also, Sunday is Kids Sports Socks day. All kids age 15 and under will receive a pair of Cardinals Elite socks.

Date: May 29-31
Time: Fri: 7:15pm, Sat: 6:15pm, Sun: 1:15pm
Place: Busch Stadium

CWEA House & Garden: The Central West End House & Garden Tour is one of the city’s oldest and most distinctive tours. The annual event, a self-guided tour, showcases the private streets and mansions in the Central West End, a National Register Historic District. The 2015 House and Garden Tour will feature seven homes and multiple gardens of the private street of Pershing Place. The opening night preview party is a great opportunity to experience the House & Garden Tour in a more intimate setting. The evening includes a party hosted in one of the homes on the tour with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and special gift. Tickets prices: Opening Night Preview Party – $75 per person, Weekend House Tour (Advance Tickets) – $22, Weekend House Tour (Day of Tickets) – $25.

Date: May 29-31
Time: Fri: 6-9pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 12-4pm
Place: Pershing Place neighborhood, Central West End

Indihop: This is a unique event showcasing two of St. Louis’ most eclectic neighborhoods. Tickets are $25 and include: a tasting glass, event booklet, shuttle transportation between the Grove and Cherokee Street and the opportunity to taste up to 50 of St. Louis’ finest local independently brewed beers. Participating businesses in both neighborhoods will provide a unique beer for your sampling quest. As you travel from venue to venue, enjoy entertainment by an assortment of live musicians, artists and street performers. Bands include: Hobosexuals, River Kittens, Cree Rider, Mark Pagano, Fresh Heir Beth Bombara, and more.

Date: May 30
Time: 1-7pm
Place: Cherokee St and The Grove

Backyard BBQ Bash: Exit 6 & Rack House West Winery present a bbq cook-off. Teams will compete by grilling the best pork steaks they can (Amateur chefs only). Watch their grilling technique and cheer on your team. Special guest judges will score and award our winners. The prize is a Cruzin Cooler, Judging will take place at 3pm. Denver Wade Trent will be performing live from Noon to 3pm. Ozark Revival will take the stage from 4-7pm. Exit 6 will be serving up their brews and other great craft beers. The Rack House West Winery will be pouring wine and specialty bourbon cocktails! Plan on eating lunch and/or dinner with us. We’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pork steaks and more!

Date: May 30
Time: 12-6pm
Place: 5055 North Hwy N, Cottleville

Lost in Space Star Wars: The STL Symphony takes you on a cosmic adventure for the whole family to distant galaxies performing music inspired by outer space. Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi leads the orchestra in a newly released suite to John Williams’ score from the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as selections from Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. Arrive early for your family to take a selfie with Storm Troopers and other favorite characters from Star Wars! Tickets start at $35.

Date: May 31
Time: 2pm
Place: 718 N Grand Blvd

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You Always Take It With You, Even On Road Trips

This past weekend, I took a road trip to see the family. a very long 9 hour road trip to the lovely Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin. Oh how I love the singular fabulousness of a sign that says “Cheese Hut” or “Cheese Shop” with a huge mouse out front! You Wisconsinites know exactly what I am talking about! Some people hate those kinds of drives. I find them cathartic. I do my best thinking behind the wheel with nothing but flat prairie or rolling hills ahead of me.

You see, I really needed this road trip. I needed to get out of the city and back to the country. I needed to get away from St. Louis for a while; leave it all behind and eat cheese curds from the cheese shop and hang out with family. Nothing better in my book than time with the family and GETTING AWAY!

market square cheese

Kind of funny though, getting away isn’t getting away at all.  As we cruised to and from our destination, I was struck with just how much we take with us. Now don’t misunderstand; I don’t mean bags and luggage and coolers and pillows and stuff. We do bring tons of that because we have practice in the art of the road trip. But I mean how much of the people, ideas, sayings, music, and spirits of those who are or have been part of our lives stay with us wherever we go.

My conversations with my sister and niece are always ironic because we joke that we are becoming our parents! We hear our mother and grandmother’s advice coming out of our own mouths. The eyebrows and the looks I give are my father’s mannerisms through and through. The way we raise our children, what we value, how we spend money, how we pinch pennies, what flowers we grow – all influences of the people we were raised by.

On the way home, I also started to think about some other gifts we take with us and what my son will take with him. What has he been learning, what is important to him, what will his biggest influences be? Will it be the music we listened to, the video games he plays or the sports he enjoys? Will he love a good Cheese Hut too?

We are the sum of all of our experiences. We can’t get away from them or deny them. By doing so, we only deny parts of ourselves and we take away part of our own personal power. Acknowledge these experiences, embrace them, learn from them, be emboldened by these experiences, because you always take them with you wherever you go.

Here’s hoping you find more of yourself on your next road trip!

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Taylor Swift Releases Bad Blood Music Video

Monday May 18, 2015

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Music Video

Last night’s 2015 Billboard Music Awards didn’t open with a host’s monologue or a performance, but instead with the world premiere of the latest music video from Taylor Swift. For the “Bad Blood” music video, Taylor enlisted the help of her famous friends like Kendrick Lamar, Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba and others. The video, which was heavily hyped in the week leading up to the show, features a remix of the song with Lamar providing the rap sequences.


 

Taylor Swift Dominates 2015 Billboard Music Awards While Kanye Is Awful

Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
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The 2015 Billboard Music Awards were mostly Taylor Swift’s show. The megastar of course opened the show with the premiere of her ‘Bad Blood” music video and then proceeded to win 8 awards. Swift won Top Artist, the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song. Calvin Harris took home an award for Top Dance/Electronic Artist and was also involved in some PDA with Taylor Swift ALL NIGHT LONG.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner introduced Kanye West for the show-closing performance. The audience booed them because apparently people are over the Kardashians. Kanye then gave a terrible performance that ABC censored most off. I really thought it was my television antenna, but apparently a full minute and two seconds of the performance was completely muted by ABC. The audience also is rumored to have booed Kanye at the beginning and end of his performance. Event organizers should also be booed and maybe fired for letting that whole performance happen.

Rita Ora’s dress was a highlight on the red carpet. AOL had a roundup of the best and worst dressed celebrities.  Billboard has the Top 10 moments from their awards show.

While the Kanye performance was terrible, other performances were well-received. Meghan Trainor and John Legend performed together. Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa performed their hit from the Furious 7 soundtrack, “See You Again” and were joined on-stage by Lindsey Stirling. Estelle performed with the stars of Empire. In a blast from the past Simple Minds took the stage to sing “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club.

Dean Potter Dies During Wingsuit Flight

The extreme sports community lost a legend on Saturday when Dean Potter died while attempting a BASE jump and wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park. Graham Hunt also perished in the accident. BASE jumping is technically illegal in all National parks, but that doesn’t stop it from happening.

Pitch Perfect 2 Opens To $70 Million At Weekend Box Office

Pitch Perfect 2 blew away expectations in its opening weekend in movie theaters. Screen Rant had the sequel tracking for a $49 million opening weekend.  It instead made more in its opening weekend than the original made during its entire domestic theater run back in 2012. Behind positive reviews ( I enjoyed it quite a bit), Pitch Perfect 2 brought in an estimated $70.3 million over the weekend. It also brought in another $38 million in foreign markets, putting it over the $100 million mark worldwide in just 3 days of release.

Mad Max: Fury Road finished in second place over the weekend with an estimated $44.44 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron brought in $38.8 million in its third weekend of release.

I’ll have more on the weekend numbers on Thursday in my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll also take a look at Tomorrowland and Poltergeist, the two movies opening in wide release this weekend.

First Trailer released For Steve Jobs

Universal Pictures is releasing their Steve Jobs biopic in theaters on October 9. The flick stars Michael Fassbender as the late Jobs. The film is based on Walter Isacson’s biography of the Apple founder. A leaked copy of the script hints that the film will focus on the launches of the original Macintosh, the NeXT Cub and the iMac.


 

9 Dead, 18 Wounded and 165 Arrested In Texas Biker Gang Fight

An absolutely insane scene unfolded on Sunday in Waco, Texas outside a Twin Peaks restaurant. Five different biker gangs were represented at the restaurant or in the immediate area when a fist fight broke out in a bathroom. That escalated to a fight in the bar that features knives, then to the parking lots where there were apparently more knives, chains, guns and other weapons. The bar had been hosting an event each Sunday for at least two months that drew bikers to the restaurant. The police had been aware of the situation and had warned the restaurant that violence was likely to occur. Waco police were on-site when the violence erupted, they were shot at and helped rescue innocent bystanders caught in the area. 8 gang members were killed at the scene, one died at a local hospital and 18 or more were taken to hospitals with wounds from the battle. More than 150 of the gang members were arrested by police at the scene. Police are now facing threats from the gangs.

 

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Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis

Looking for something to do on your 2015 Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis?

There is of course the traditional boating, barbecues, and first real tan/burn of the Summer, but there’s also a weekend jam packed with events that you can only find in unique cities like St. Louis.

Ribfest: 3 days of delicious ribs, great live music, and $5 drinks. The musical line-up includes local favorites: Murphy500, Jullian Rae, Steve Ewing Band, The Madison Letter, Red White & Floyd, RumLuck, Common Jones, Catfish Willie, Brandon Holland, Oh Brother, Jeremiah Johnson, and plenty more. Cabela’s will be hosting a Fishing Derby. And of course, the reason we all go, the food! Food vendors include: Aussom Aussie Australian Barbecue Co, Chicago BBQ Company, Sugarfire Smokehouse, Massa’s Italian Eatery, Uncle Bub’s, Porky Chicks, Howling Coyote BBQ, and more. Admission is Free.

Date: May 22-25
Time: Fri: 5pm, Sat-Mon: 11am
Place: New Town, St. Charles

Missouri River Irish Fest: The largest free Irish festival in St. Louis, takes place in Frontier Park in St. Charles this weekend. Duddy Breeks, Paddy Keehan, Switchback, Clabber Alley, The Wee Heavies, Irish Dancers, and more. Check out the Fiddle Competition and a singing and Irish Set Dance Workshop. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, Irish crafts, Irish Story Tellers, Bingo, and a visit from FredBird, plus cultural events, exhibitors, dog rescue groups, and more. There will also be a raffle for 1 Guiness Harp and 1 Framed Irish Soccer Jersey.

Date: May 22-24
Time: Fri: 5-10:30pm, Sat: 9am-10:30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Frontier Park

Emerson Spring to Dance Festival: 30 dance companies from across the country perform for 3 nights with each performance being unique. Dance companies include: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Neos Dance Theatre, Saint Louis Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, ODC/Dance San Francisco, Oklahoma City Ballet, and so many more. Informal, interactive performances will take place in the lobby of the Lee Theater at 6pm with performances beginning on the main stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 per night.

Date:  May 22nd – May 24th
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Touhill Performing Arts Center

Assumption Greek Festival: “Experience A Taste of Greece Without The AirFare” Festival to enjoy the Greek experience, from authentic Greek cuisine like shish-ke-bobs and gyros to live Greek music and dancers. The event will also include movies about Greek heritage every hour and a traditional Greek market where you can find authentic jewelry, groceries, clothes and more. This is a free festival.

Date: Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Time: Fri-Sun: 11am-9pm, Mon: 11am-8pm
Place: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church – 1755 Des Peres Road

Shakespeare Festival: A free, outdoor festival that has become a premier attraction for St. Louis. This year’s featured production is Antony & Cleopatra. The Green Show, starting at 6:30pm features musicians, jugglers, artisans and an intro to the show’s characters and plots. There will also be backstage tours, and family art activities. Festival admission is free, however reserved seating can be purchased. Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining, with a four-course menu by Bixby’s will be offered on select evenings. 

Date: May 22 – June 14
Time: Nightly (except Tuesdays) at 8pm. Green Shows at 6:30pm
Place: Forest Park- Shakespeare Glen-Fine Arts Dr

African Arts Festival: This annual festival brings together a diverse audience of thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors in celebration of the rich contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora. Enjoy an African marketplace, cultural films, authentic food, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations, and more. At The Muny West Pavilion on Sunday, a pre-showing discussion at 8pm will be followed by a screening of The First Grader, a true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Admission to the festival is free.

Date: May 23-25
Time: Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-8pm, Mon: 10am-6pm
Place: Forest Park – World’s Fair Pavilion

American Legion Memorial Weekend Ceremony: The American Legion 11th and 12th District will host a memorial ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10am at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum (Chestnut street-side steps). The Soldiers Memorial Museum will be open from 10am-3pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 10am
Place: Soldiers Memorial Military Museum – 1315 Chestnut St

Whiskey Fest BBQ Pig Roast: Whiskey, pig, and live music. The Whiskey War Festival only comes once a year & so does the BBQ so bring your party boots. Doors Open at 2pm. The pig is first come first serve, so get ther eearly. Music starts at 3pm. This is an all ages, fun for the whole family event. Performances by: The Maness Brothers, Tok, Beth Bombara, The Barn Mice (Album Release), Redheaded Strangers, The Zach Anderson Valley Opry, Joshua Powell, Fred Friction Music, Patrick Eagan, and Zacksquatch. Tickets are $7.

Date: May 23
Time: 2pm
Place: Off Broadway – 3509 Lemp Ave

41st Annual Memorial Day Fun Run in University City: The run includes both a 5K, 10K, a fun run for adults and a children’s fun run. The 5K and 10K begin at 7:30am at the corner of Delmar and Kingsland with awards taking place in the library parking lot at 9am. The Fun Runs begin at 9:15am at the U City Public Library. Afterwards, visit the many shops and restaurants in The Loop.

Date: Monday, May 25th
Time: 5K & 10K  begin at 7:30am, Fun Run begins at 9:15am
Place: 10K starts on corner of Delmar & Kingsland

The Grape Race Run for the Troops: A 5K and 10K charity race at Chandler Hill benefiting “FOCUS Marines Foundation.” Each participant will receive a race shirt, food and a beverage at the finish. Top finishers in both races (men and women) will receive a prize. In 2010, a group of over 65 US Marine Veterans in the St. Louis Areas started The FOCUS Marines Foundation was formed to help wounded Marine and Navy Corpsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Their mission is “to develop and administer programs for wounded warriors that will asset them in their transition from military to civilian lives.”

Date: May 25th
Time: 9am
Place:
 Chandler Hill Vineyard – 596 Defiance Road

STL Symphony Gypsy Caravan: One of the largest antique, craft and flea markets in the area. Presented annually by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association; this event raises money for the STL Symphony. The event will include gypsy caravan vendors from 20 states with handmade items such as: antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing, imports, yard art and more. Ticket prices are: $20 for early bird (7-9am) or $10 GA (9am-5pm).

Date: Monday, May 25th
Time: 7am-5pm
Place: St. Charles Family Arena

In addition to the weekend festivals, both Alton and Belleville, IL will host a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25th.

Belleville Memorial Day festivities: Downtown Belleville is hosting their annual Memorial Day parade at 10am. It starts at Cathedral and 2nd Street to 3rd and West Main down East Main and Mascoutah Ave to Walnut Hill Cemetery with ceremonies concluding at the cemetery. Afterward, head over to Eckert’s for a Memorial Day festival complete with outdoor festival foods, live music, carnival rides, and fun activities for kids.

Time: 10am
Place: Downtown Belleville and Eckert’s

Alton Memorial Day Parade: Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. The first one was held in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those that served our country. Bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun at 10am. Stick around after and check out a local winery, the Great Rivers Museum, eat at a local restaurant, and enjoy the sites.

Other Memorial Day ceremonies include:

St. Peters, MO – Monday, May 25th at 10am
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery – Monday, May 25th at 10am
Kirkwood, MO – Monday, May 25th at 10am at the Memorial Walkway

St. Louis comes alive in the Summer and there’s no better time to explore it than a 3-day holiday weekend where you’re sure to experience something unique and cool!

Check here for more weekend events.

Featured image courtesy of explorestlouis.com

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Weekend Movie Guide: Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road

Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road open this weekend

 

Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road open in wide release this weekend.

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Recapping Last Weekend

Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s receipts dropped 59.4% in its second weekend of release, but still brought in $77.7 million to lead the weekend box office. The sequel has now grossed $313.4 million domestically and will likely hit the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend.

Hot Pursuit opened just shy of $14 million while The Age of Adaline pulled in $5.8 million. Furious 7 pulled in another $5.4 million in its sixth weekend of release. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 brought in $5.3 million and now sits at $58 million in ticket sales versus its budget of $30 million.

Ex Machina moved into 725 more theaters across the country over the weekend and increased its receipts by 53 percent to $3.5 million. Unfriended pulled in $1.5 million in its fourth weekend and has now made $31 million at the box office. The people behind the film have to be happy with that considering it only had a budget of $1 million.

 

Pitch Perfect 2

The Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson (the hot one), Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine and most of the rest of the aca-awesome cast return in the sequel to the 2012 hit. Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit fame also joins the cast. Pitch Perfect made $65 million domestically and $113 million worldwide at the box office on a budget of $17 million. Reviews of Pitch Perfect 2 have been mixed with some questioning the decision of having Elizabeth Banks direct. Writing in Forbes, Scott Mendelson says the sequel “out-sings, outshines its predecessor“.

Pitch Perfect 2 officially opens tomorrow, but you can catch it tonight at select theaters around the St. Louis area. The fabulous AMC Esquire 7 and several other theaters have showings tonight beginning at 7 pm. The film opens tomorrow at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Glowing reviews of Mad Max:Fury Road, like this one from Wired, are rolling in. Tom Hardy takes the Max Rockatansky torch from Mel Gibson in this reboot that also features Charlize Theron, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.

Screen Rant thinks Mad Max: Fury Road will pull in about $40 million this weekend at the box office while Pitch Perfect 2 will top the charts with $49 million. They note that the Mad Max advertising campaign has touted the beauty of the film and the need for audiences to see it on the big screen.

See Mad Max: Fury Road tonight at 7 pm at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.


Catch It Before It’s Gone

The live-action Cinderella makes its way to Keller 8 Cinema this weekend.


Make It A Redbox Night

Mortdecai and Still Alice are among the movies coming to Redbox this week.


 
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National Police Week 2015

This week marks the annual celebration of the brothers and sisters in blue – National Police Week 2015. JFK signed a proclamation in 1962 that designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and whichever week it falls is Police Week. All across the country Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) gather in Washington DC to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. This year, the roll call of the fallen officers reached 273 names. I have the honor of being married to and being surrounded by some of the most amazing people who are part of this fraternal brotherhood.

I’m so proud of my husband, my LEO – it’s not easy to serve and protect the community in such a vulnerable capacity; many of the residents don’t want you there, and some would even take any opportunity they could to take your life and celebrate the very act of doing so. Yet he and many others get up every day (or every night) and put their lives out there to protect everyone, including the haters. My LEO won’t often discuss his work experiences with me, but I do know enough to tell you that he has done more in the past 5 years for his fellow man than I could ever hope to do in my entire life. He is one of the most caring, compassionate, and intelligent people I know – and I’m so glad he asked me to marry him 11 years ago – despite my countless sleepless nights and my inability to ever watch the news again (I guess I’m not really missing much anyway, right?).

Please take a moment out of your busy day to say a silent prayer or positive thought for the men and women in uniform. They sacrifice more than many of us can understand: missed holidays, birthdays, special occasions and SLEEP. And remember – they are someone’s husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, or friend. They are people. They are selfless. They deserve the opportunity to earn our respect.

To all of the LEOs reading this – know that you are loved, cared about, and important. You matter. For every one individual that spews hate to you, there are five more behind him or her to offer you their thanks and a hug for what you do. To the specific LEOs in my life – the men that my children lovingly refer to as “uncle” – thank you for taking care of my husband. He would do anything for any of you, and I know the favor would be returned without hesitation. My children absolutely idolize you and truly think of you as real life superheroes. Please, be careful out there – we need each and every one of you here with us.

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Man With Jetpack Flies Over Dubai

Man with jetpack flies over Dubai
Credit: YouTube screenshot

Videos of the Wednesday for May 13, 2015

Man With Jetpack Flies Over Dubai

The man with the jetpack is back again and this time he brought along a friend. Yves Rossy has released several videos of him doing crazy things with his jetpack like flying next to a B17 Bomber. His latest video has him and Vince Reffet flying over Dubai.


 

Trailer Released For New Edition Of The Muppets

ABC announced that The Muppets will be returning to television this fall. Bill Prady of Big Bang Theory fame is behind the new show. It’s been called a “short of adult” show about the real side of the characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and others.


 

Jem And The Holograms Trailer Released

On October 23, 2015 the classic children’s show Jem and The Holograms gets the live-action movie treatment.  Aubrey Peeples of Nashville fame plays Jem. The movie also stars Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman and Molly Ringwald. Fans of the original Jem cartoon took to the internet to voice their displeasure with the trailer.


 

Scotty McCreery Performs With Former Elementary School Choir

Scotty McCreery recently paid a return visit to his former school, Timber Drive Elementary in Garner, North Carolina. The reason for the visit was a request by his former music to teacher to sing with her fifth grade class.


 

Brad Paisley Releases “Crushin’ It” Music Video

The just-released music video for Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It” takes a completely opposite approach to telling the song’s story compared with your typical country music video. The video features other country stars such as Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line as well. All of these character are actually cartoon figures drawn by Brad Paisley.


 

Adam Sandler Sings A Musical Farewell To David Letterman

Adam Sandler performed this NSFW song on the Late Show with David Letterman as a tribute to the retiring host. While the song pushes boundaries, it’s much better than The Cobbler.


 

Anna Kendrick Plays Egg Russian Roulette With Jimmy Fallon 

Anna Kendrick and Jimmy Fallon took turns smashing eggs on their heads last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


 

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An Open Letter to My Daughter

Chelsea Renee,

Not so long ago, in a not so distant place, we met for the first time. You came into my life like a sweet ray of sunshine. I remember looking down at you and thinking “she is all mine.” She is mine to love, protect, teach and watch grow into something amazing. I remember thinking it’s all up to me on what she will become in this world. What I teach her and what she sees from me will have a huge effect on the person she will be.   I was so young and had no idea what I was doing. All I knew is that I was going to do anything and everything to make sure you never wanted for anything. I hope you know that.

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When you were a baby there were many nights where I stayed awake for hours just to watch you sleep and wondered what your future self would turn out to be. What color your prom dress would be? What type of student you would be? What type of teenager you would be? What kind of woman you would be? As I wondered about all of those things I just kept praying that whatever your future self would be, it would be good. I hope you know that.

As you got a little older, family dynamics changed but there were more people for us to love. I am sure sometimes you must have thought that I may have not paid as much attention to you as you would have wanted. You, my sweet girl, never left the front of my mind and my heart. I would watch you as you would play in the yard with your soccer ball and just think to myself how blessed I was at that moment to have someone that loves me so unconditionally. I hope you know that.

As you became a teenager and I had a hyper active toddler to raise, you seemed to become more reserved and distant. It may have seemed that I was caught up in raising my son and forgetting my daughter. That is something I could never do. Your smile, your laugh, that special way you know just what to say to make me feel like a great mom – those things are unforgettable. I hope you know that.

Right now with your graduation near you are going through what is, in your eyes, the toughest part of your life. You are at a threshold where you look back at your childhood while looking forward to your adulthood. You think you have no direction. You think you may not make it. You are scared and wondering what does the next chapter hold. Whatever may happen, however your chapters in life end, I will be there at each one to be your guide, to be your rock, to be your mom. I hope you know that.

Throughout all of these years you and I have grown up together. I never wanted to be your best friend. I was born to be your mother. I have always been prepared to be smirked at and to be shunned when your friends are around, but what I have never been fully prepared for is you growing up and not needing me. I know you will be successful and I hope you will have every joy possible in this life, but a part of me will always want you to need your mommy. I hope you know that.

Finally, you Chelsea Renee, are a shining star in the darkest of nights. You are so many wonderful things for so many people. I am so proud that you are the future of this family and this world. You are the one that has taught me so much about how to give unselfishly and to love unconditionally. I will forever be grateful to you. To my little redhead, I love you. I hope you know that.

Mom

 Mills Apartments

Billboard Top 5: Covered – Kyson Facer

"See You Again" Kyson & Jada Facer

The Billboard Top 5: Covered May 12, 2015

Each Tuesday we compile our favorite covers of the top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is this week’s edition of The Billboard Top 5 : Covered featuring Kyson Facer, Jada Facer, William Singe, Vidi Aldiano, Clark Beckham, Kurt Huge Schneider and Kyle & Devin. They cover the hottest songs in the country right now by the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, Fetty Wap, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, The Weekend and Walk The Moon. This week also features an awesome bonus cover of “Style”. Originally by Taylor Swift, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox cover it in the style of 1959 with the help of Annie Goodchild and Von Smith.

These videos are all available in a video playlist powered by Huzzaz.

#1 “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Kyson Facer and Jada Facer cover ‘See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
 

#2 “Trap Queen” Fetty Wap


William Singe covers “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap
 

#3 “Uptown Funk!” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Vidi Aldiano covers “Uptown Funk” By Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
 

#4 “Earned It” The Weekend

Clark Beckham covers “Earned It” by The Weekend on American Idol
 

#5 “Shut Up And Dance” Walk The Moon

Kurt Hugo Schneider joins Kyle & Devin covering “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon
 

Bonus Cover

“Style” Taylor Swift

Annie Goodchild, Von Smith, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox cover “Style” by Taylor Swift
Postmodern Jukebox will be in St. Louis on June 3 at The Pageant
 

See all of the videos featured in The Billboard Top 5: Covered in this playlist powered by Huzzaz.

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STL Weekend Events: May 14-17

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The St. Louis Weekend Guide for Thursday, May 14th through Sunday, May 17th, 2015.

Sip into Spring: The wine is selected, the date is set, and sweet spring weather is on its way! Three Sixty’s Annual Sip into Spring event is back. Enjoy an exclusive five course dinner paired with wines from the Dierberg & Star Lane winery. Guests can look forward to tasting delicious bites from our new spring menu. Tickets are $45.

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 6-9pm
Place: Three Sixty Rooftop Bar – 1 S Broadway

Feast in the Park: It’s the first Feast Week of 2015. Get ready for food trucks and live music. In addition to the food trucks, Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard will also be selling their wine. You can also BYOB. The food truck line-up this week is: 2 Girls 4 Wheels, Bayou Ribs, Bombay Food Junkies, Curbside Cookery, Go Gyro Go!, Holy Crepe!, Kona Ice, Le Tejana Taqueria, The Meltdown, Russo’s, Trucktoria, Slice of the Hill, Steak Louie, Taste-D-Burger, Vincent Van Doughnut, Walkaway Waffles, and Wing Nuts.

Date: May 14
Time: 5-8pm
Place: Faust Park – 15185 Olive Blvd

2nd Thursday at Foundry Arts: The Foundry Art Centre and Saint Charles Riverfront Arts invites one and all to their jointly hosted community arts series entitled “2nd Thursdays” at the Foundry Art Centre. This is a unique, family-friendly community arts series where guests can be creative: Draw with Artists, Paint with Painters, Create with Potters, Make Jewelry with Jewelers, Write with Writers, Act with Actors, Dance with Dancers, and listen to live original music. Food trucks will be on site and there will be a cash bar. Admission is free.

Date: May 14
Time: 5:30-8pm
Place: Foundry Art Centre – 520 N Main

American Craft Beer Week: ACBW is Monday through Sunday and offers a different event each day. Thursday is Casks & Cheese where Chef Andrew Fair will offer cheese pairings with unique UCBC cask ales all day. Friday is Cards & Craft BeerDay. Wear Cardinals or UCBC gear to Midtown Brewery or Grove Brewery and get $4 STLIPAs! With the Detroit Tigers in town for the weekend, we’ll also feature three guest taps from Michigan brewery Jolly Pumpkin! Saturday is Oktoberfest in May. Come down for German food, German music, and Masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest). And finally Sustainability Sunday – take Metro St. Louis or ride your bike to the Grove Brewery and receive $3 Zwickels!

Date: May 14-17
Time: all day
Place: Urban Chestnut – 3229 Washington Ave

Bud & Burger Fridays: The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch will be showcasing burgers each Friday in May with a Burger Cook-Off featuring burgers, beer and live music. The menu each week will feature three different specialty burgers. Customers 21 and older will be able to order a combo featuring three sliders and homemade chips, as well as a 16 oz. Budweiser draft for $8. Those under 21 can order the combo without the beer for $5. The Well Hungarians will provide the music each week.

Date: May 15
Time: 4-7pm
Place: A-B Biergarten – 12th & Lynch

Art on the Square: An annual juried fine art show now in its 14th year. Featuring the original works of over 100 accomplished artists from around the world, fantastic musical and stage performances as well as delicious local food and drink, Art on the Square is a three-day sensation for the eyes, ears and palate. Children will enjoy Art on the Square’s extensive and interactive children’s art section where they will create their own take-away art projects. Enjoy bands including: Dixie All-Stars, Power Play, Soul Shake, and more.

Date: May 15
Time: Fri: 5-10pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Place: Downtown Belleville – Main St

Fine Art Fair & Winefest: If the weather is nice and you’re up for a drive, check out this event in Washington, Mo. The 34th Annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest is a unique festival in the heart of Missouri wine country that draws visitors each spring from across the Midwest. Complimentary cheese and crackers are provided in the tasting area under the wine tent, with a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area. Enjoy live music and art all weekend. Admission to the wine tasting is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a souvenir wineglass. Visitors to the wine tasting area will also have the opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery. Sip and Savor Sunday is designed to provide seasoned wine tasting guests or first time visitors with a truly memorable experience that will allow them to celebrate spring, indulge their senses and learn more about pairing great area restaurant foods with fabulous Missouri wines.

Date: May 15-17
Time: Fri: 4-10pm, Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10-4pm
Place: Washington Farmers Market – 317 W Main St

Bark in the Park: A 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk and Festival fundraiser to help homeless animals at the Humane Society of Missouri. The event begins with a pancake breakfast before the run. Run begins at 9am at Cricket & Grand Dr. 1 mile walk begins at 10am. From 10am-1pm enjoy performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, test your dog’s skills at the Agility Course, meet the world-famous Barn Buddies from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, bid on fabulous prizes at the silent auction, browse the pet vendors and rescue groups, play fun activities with the kids, and enter to win challenges and giveaways for you and your pooch.

Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8am-1pm
Place: Forest Park – Cricket Field

Soulard Crawfish Boil: What started out as a small gathering backyard boil among high school friends has turned into the best party of the year! Come on down and jam your grill full of the sickest beer-can chicken, mud bugs, jumbo shrimp, potatoes, corn, cratch made jambalaya, and “new this year” red beans and rice, that you have ever had. Wash it down with a few barley pops or your favorite cocktail, while you dance the night away with Live Music from Leslie Nillissen, Pedestrians, Big Chief, and other live entertainment. Bring the kiddos for free and treat them to creative face painting and Rio snow cones. Bring your favorite sippy cup, or be one of the first 250 to get in to get a free party souvenir cup with admission. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of St. Louis.

Date: May 16
Time: 3-11pm
Place: 912 Geyer Ave

Cherokee Lemp History Fair: Come down to Cherokee Antique Row for a day of live music from Animal Children, South City Troubadors, Mathew VanDoren, and Dave Stone, plus a scavenger hunt, free prizes, a walking tour of more than 30 plaques describing 200 years of area history and as always great shopping for antiques and collectibles from St. Louis’s largest antique and specialty shopping district. Pick up scavenger hunt sheet at Ruth’s Vintage and hop shop to shop with your clues to win gift certificates and goodies from Cherokee businesses! Check out the Vintage Bike Show featuring a fleet of motorcycles & scooters.

Date: May 16
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: Cherokee Street

Taste of Maplewood:This 7th Annual Festival brings together foodies, shoppers and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening! Visitors will enjoy live entertainment on two stages, including performances by Spin The Bottle, Old Salt Union, Studio Forte, St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase produced by the Fox Performing Arts Foundation, Giant Steps St. Louis, Maplewood Fire Department, Focal Point Acoustic Jam, and more. Come see The Best of the Taste of Maplewood food and drink contest, where vendors battle for bragging rights to have their vittles and libations hailed the “Best Of” by celebrity judges, including George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine, Catherine Neville of Feast Magazine, and Lern from KSHE95.

Date: May 16
Time: 12-9pm
Place: Sutton & Manchester

Edwardsville Glen Carbon Pizza Prowl: 14 restaurants. 3 hours. 1 day. Patrons with wristbands will be pizza-hopping from restaurant to restaurant to taste a sample of each restaurant’s pizza, then voting on their favorites. Restaurants include: Dewey’s, Peel, Bull & Bear, Casey’s, Social Gastropub, Domino’s, HotShots, and more. Proceeds will benefit a non-for-profit organizaton called A Hero’s Impact Foundation. In addition, a live benefit auction will be conducted by Maynard’s Auction Service at 1:30pm auctioning gift cards, gift certificates, and many other surprises from participating restaurants and local businesses. Adult tickets are $10. Kids 12 & under: $8.

Date: May 16
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: Woodland School – 59 South State Rte. 157

Craft Beer Cellar 1st Anniversary: Craft Beer Cellar is turning ONE on May 16. Come join us for an awesome party celebrating you. This free event is going on all day and features special beers from Perennial, Civil Life, 4 Hands, and 2nd Shift. Steve’s Hotdogs will be on-site from 12-4pm. There will be giveaways and prizes all day long!

Date: May 16
Time: 10am – 10pm
Place: CBC – 8113 Maryland Ave

St. Louis Renaissance Faire: The 2015 Renaissance Faire starts this Saturday. This long-standing event brings you the adventure, excitement, and spirit of the Renaissance! This weekend’s theme is High Seas Adventure – Pirate Weekend. There will be a tattoo competition, Best Beard Competition, a Root Beer Chug, and costume contest. Check out live armoured jousting, shop for unique crafts as our artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking. Delight in comedy, music, magic, and more on nine stages of non-stop entertainment! Feast on delicious food and drink from the far reaches of the globe, and interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters of ages past. Children will love the petting zoo, games, and daily free activities. Adults will enjoy beer, wine, and mead at our three thematic pubs! Additional daily packages include: pub crawl, happy hour, and romantic rendezvous.

Date: May 16 – June 14
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Rotary Park – 2577 West Meyer Rd

STL Swap Meet: It’s finally here: Opening Day for the St. Louis Swap Meet- the only Sunday market in St. Louis. Over 100 vendors selling hand made items, Food, Vintage, Furniture, Toys, and more. We’ve got a little bit of everything located at the historic Lemp Brewery on Cherokee St in Marine Ville just south of the Anheuser Busch Brewery! Some vendors include: Rack + Clutch, Rebel Roots, Caramel Apple Company, The Good Stuff, Usborne Books & More, White Russian, Tenth Life Cat Rescue, Kakao Chocolate, Concordia Gymnastic Society, Owl Eye Vintage, Twisted Biscuts, STL Junkie, Deep Fried Vintage, The Fashion Lane, and many more. Free parking and free admission.

Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 10am-3pm
Place: Lemp & Cherokee

Strawberry Festival: This is the weekend to share with family and friends. And what better place to share it than the family farm! Enjoy outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at this old-fashioned all-American festival. Free wagon rides. Kids activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides, and inflatable. Strawberry treats in the bakery, custard shop and restaurant! Fee charged for some activities.

Date: May 16 & 17
Time: 10am – 5pm
Place: Eckert’s – Belleville, IL

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